President Muhammadu Buhari has described the former Nigerian Chief of Army Staff, retired Lt. General Victor Malu, who died today in a hospital in Egypt, as an icon of professionalism, bravery and discipline, attributes which he said the deceased demonstrated throughout his national and international military assignments.
In a tribute he paid to the late General today, Monday, President Buhari also described the deceased as a very distinguished and professional colleague, who demonstrated incredible courage and leadership, including during very turbulent times in Liberia.
The President recalled the great roles General Malu played as Force Commander of the ECOMOG peace-keeping troops in Liberia from 1996 to 1998, adding that he would be fondly remembered for his dedication and commitment as a military officer.
He said that General Malu’s numerous landmark contributions to Nigeria’s unity and development will remain fresh in the memory of those who knew him even as he called on his bereaved family, friends and associates to honour Malu’s memory by upholding his invaluable sacrifices for a peaceful and united Nigeria.
Lt. General Victor Malu died today, Monday, in a Cairo, Egypt hospital where he had travelled to about two weeks ago for medical check-up. He was said to have died in the early hours of today, Monday at the age of 70.
The former ECOMOG Commander (Peace Keeping Force), from August 1996 to January 1998 was Chief of Army Staff during former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s administration from May 1999 to April 2001.
He chaired the Military Tribunal that tried the former Chief of General Staff, and Vice Chairman, Armed Forces Ruling Council, Gen. Oladipo Diya and others over the alleged failed coup plot against the then Head of State, Gen. Sani Abacha. [myad]